Northampton, MA — The Wetzel Award is given annually to the best senior women’s college squash player who learned to play in college. Winners of the award must show outstanding growth technically as a player (as evidenced by records and results), a sound understanding of the rules of squash, and positive on-court poise and demeanor.
There have been five players nominated for this year’s Wetzel Award (listed alphabetically):
- Sara Del Balzo (Wellesley College)
- Nellie Lindecke (William Smith College)
- Miranda Linksey (Wesleyan University)
- Michaela Martin (Bowdoin College)
- Haley Vasquez (Wellesley College)
Coaches or club team captains nominate players for the award and must submit certification that the player has had no squash experience prior to entering college. “Prior squash experience” would include recreational as well as any sort of formal training. For example, if a player hit for a few times in high school or took a squash lesson as a child, she would be ineligible for the Wetzel Award.
The women’s awards criteria stipulate that each “player’s nomination will be published on the CSA website prior to the National Team Championships to confirm their eligibility.” If anyone knows that one of the nominees played squash before college, they should contact the Executive Administrator.
Traditionally, the Wetzel Award winner has been announced at the Women’s National Team Championships.